Obsession by Patricia Bradley

Historian Emma Winters joined the Natchez Trace Rangers because she is honored to further explore the old slave cabins at Natchez Trace, content not to be too involved in the law enforcement branch of the Rangers.  However, when an intruder on the historic dig site shoots at her, she is forced to enter an investigation with the law enforcement branch.  And the lead of the investigation is none other than Sam Ryker, the fiancé she dumped ten years earlier.  Sam finds himself racing against the clock in order to stop the delusional stalker after Emma, an individual who will stop at nothing now that he has decided that Sam is in the way.

Having enjoyed the first book in this series, I was excited to read Obsession.  This book has suspense and plenty of the “creep factor” that makes villains so devious.  I thought the author did a great job of providing plenty of suspects during the story that had me questioning who the true villain was until the very end.  The plot flowed quickly as the action never stopped.  I like relationships that pick up years after an initial friendship as this creates a more realistic romance, and I thought Emma and Sam had good chemistry.  I thought the spiritual content took a backseat compared to the action and suspense, but I did appreciate the themes of forgiveness tucked in the end.  I enjoyed this novel and look forward to the next by Patricia Bradley.  I recommend this book to those who like contemporary suspense.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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